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Learning to Talk: Stories

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Learning to Talk: Stories

Absorbing and evocative, these drawn-from-life stories by Hilary Mantel begin in the 1950s in an insular northern village “scoured by bitter winds and rough gossip tongues.” For the young narrator, the only way to survive is to get up, get on, get out. In “King Billy Is a Gentleman,” the child must come to terms with the loss of a father and the puzzle of a fading Irish heritage. “Curved Is the Line of Beauty" is a story of friendship, faith and a near-disaster in a scrap-yard. The title story sees our narrator ironing out her northern vowels with the help of an ex-actress with one lung and a Manchester accent. In “Third Floor Rising," she watches, amazed, as her mother carves out a stylish new identity.

Learning to Talk: Stories
by Hilary Mantel

  • Publication Date: June 21, 2022
  • Genres: Fiction, Short Stories
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
  • ISBN-10: 1250865360
  • ISBN-13: 9781250865366